Luis Rojas discusses Mets' firings of Jared Porter, Ryan Ellis: 'We should have a safe environment to work'

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Luis Rojas speaks in front of step and repeat at spring training February 2021
Luis Rojas speaks in front of step and repeat at spring training February 2021

Speaking on Wednesday during his first news conference of spring training, Luis Rojas reacted to the recent firings of GM Jared Porter and hitting coordinator Ryan Ellis, and was asked how the Mets can make their work environment better for women.

Porter was fired on Jan. 19 after he admitted to sending explicit text messages and pictures to a female reporter in 2016.

Ellis was fired on Jan. 22 after new information came to light following accusations of sexual harassment by three women in 2018.

"It's been upsetting to hear the news, it's been disappointing to hear the news," Rojas said, adding that his confidence level that other people on the Mets' staff aren't doing similar things is high.

"I'm pretty confident that this type of behavior is something that is just gonna be unacceptable in this organization," Rojas said. "I'll just leave it to that."

Noting that the Mets have set new expectations recently, Rojas said there are "new avenues" to report misconduct.

"Those misconducts, they're just unacceptable," Rojas said. "We should have a safe environment to work -- a safe workplace. And everyone should feel safe around here."

As far as his interactions with Ellis while he was employed by the Mets, Rojas said they were "strictly baseball" and that he never saw any behavior he found unacceptable.

Rojas explained that Ellis worked with the major league staff in 2020 due to the absence of hitting coach Chili Davis, who was away from the team due to COVID-19..

"He was the next guy up," Rojas said of Ellis.